A muzzled Melanesia or indignant Indonesia?

A muzzled Melanesia or indignant Indonesia?

With trade and investment dressing up the shop front, it’s possible to sideline frank discussions on headline domestic issues in Indonesia if red carpet, tight security and 21-gun salutes supersede media and civil freedoms, writes Dulciana Somare-Brash.
Restoring forestry and fisheries after cyclone Pam

Restoring forestry and fisheries after cyclone Pam

Lai Sakita proposes some long-term solutions to restoring forestry and fisheries on Tanna to help develop local production capacity and ensure long-term sustainability after cyclone Pam. Tanna island was one of the worst-hit areas in Vanuatu.
Financing for Development: this year’s big debate

Financing for Development: this year’s big debate

Better financing for development will be required in order to end poverty by 2030 and achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The UN and member states are currently working to reach agreement on priorities for reform. This article by Mathew Morris looks at the ongoing debate.
Defending the indefensible

Defending the indefensible

The reason the Nauruan government finds itself quashing essential aspects of its own democracy is because its actions simply don’t bear scrutiny. It is time for Nauru to remember the Pacific way of doing things.